Hughes: Citizens have a plan

27 August 2009 09:13
Mark Hughes has denied suggestions that Manchester City have been cavalier after spending an estimated £120million during the summer transfer window. Hughes is expected to end his spending spree now that he has landed England defender Joleon Lescott from Everton in a deal worth a reported £22million. The majority of City's other signings are attacking players, but Hughes has dismissed suggestions that he and the club have taken a scatter-gun approach to player recruitment. "We have probably done in two windows what would have taken a much longer period of time," he said. "The window we have just had has been fantastic. The players we have been able to bring into the club is great. Not only in terms of ability but mentality as well. We feel as though we are in a better place. "We needed strength in depth in all positions. People were questioning the amount of attack-minded players we brought to the club but we were looking for defenders at the same time. It was just that the attacking players fell into place quicker. "It is clear to everybody now that it is part of a thought-out plan. It has never been a scatter-gun approach and we are delighted with the quality of the players we have been able to bring in." Meanwhile, Hughes has refused to rule out the possibility of bringing more players into the club before the transfer window closes next week.

Source: ESA